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Memorial Day, The Sexton’s Tale

I went to see the sexton. The Abbott women at the Senior Center put me up to it — Gloria, her daughter Sharon and daughter-in-law, Shirley Hulbert — when I…

Big Checks, Small Balances

The lawsuit against Bear Trucking is seven years old. In April a jury in Judge John Behnke’s court found the company had been negligent in a Mendocino County accident. The…

Hurry Up & Wait

If you’re late for a court appearance, the conse­quences can be quite dire, depending on how the judge is feeling. It’s best to come a little early, just in case…

Mendo’s Drug Court

The merry month of May is Drug Court Month, by a curious coincidence. A proclamation in a glass display case at the Ukiah Courthouse says so.…

Fine Art, Good Books, Chilled Wine & Hot Licks: Boonville! Where Yuppie Meets Country

Boonville — The warm weather’s here and the buds are on the vine. The spring rains were generous, the frost merciful, labor cheap, and the leisure class flush with the…

The Boonville Beer Festival

Usually, when you mix drinks with sex, you get more pricks than kicks. But this year’s beer-fueled debauchery was pretty sane.…

Dispatches From The Temple Of Justice, Ukiah

I’ve made my share of enemies working the crime beat, on both sides of the law, and last week I was scolded in open court by a judge. I can’t…

Chicken Ridge Penumbras

  The preliminary hearing into the shoot-out on Chicken Ridge, Covelo, was put off again last week. It's a confused event involving a large cast of characters that includes rap…

Father Knows Best

You could call them the Courthouse Players. Their repertory changes every day and fresh talent? An annual cast of thousands! The Mendocino County Courthouse stages new dramas every working day,…

Can This Marriage Be Saved?

Many longtime Ukiahans know the story of Johnny and Mina Kvasnicka. An ambitious, hard-working couple, the Kvasnickas built an enviably beautiful new house at the swanky address of Saratoga Court…

Seeds & Stems

Attorney E.D. Lerman got one guy off on two big felonies – cultivation in numbers beyond all medical reason and possession of marijuana for sale.…